In this lesson, we’ll talk about connecting your Castos hosting account to your WordPress site via Seriously Simple Podcasting. Start by setting up your Castos hosting account, then create your API Key by entering the name of your show and the slug that goes along with the name. Then click “Update”. This will give you your API key.
Once you have your API key, copy it and return to your WordPress dashboard. Enter the email address that you used to create your account and enter the API Key. Then click “Validate.” This connects your Castos hosting account to your WordPress install.
To add a podcast episode, enter the title of the episode, and scroll down to the field that says, “Podcast File”. Choose the correct file from your computer, and it will upload directly to your dedicated media hosting platform. You can continue to edit the post while the file uploads. When you’re finished, hit “Publish.” You should be able to see and play the episode in Seriously Simple.
To get started configuring your show, go to your podcast settings. The first thing you’ll see is Podcast Post Types. By default, Seriously Simple only posts podcasts to the podcast RSS feed. However, you can change it to include blog posts or custom posts as well. You can also choose to include podcasts posts in the main blog. However, it’s important to note that different themes will behave differently with podcast posts.
The next option to consider is where to display the podcast media player – for example, do you want it only on full pages, or do you want to display it on excerpts as well? After you choose, save your settings and move over to the Feed Details tab.
The details under the Feed Details tab are what subscribers will see when they find you in iTunes – your show title, subtitle, and author. Remember to use keywords in these fields so that your podcast will show up when listeners are searching for words that relate to your podcast.
You’ll also be able to choose categories that your podcast falls under. You can choose up to three parent categories, and each parent category gets a child category as well. Be sure to choose a category for each field. Ideally, you should choose a different category for each field in order to reach the widest possible audience.
Below the categories, you can fill in a description of your podcast. Remember that no HTML is allowed in the description field. You can also upload your cover art. This needs to be at least 1400×1400 pixels, and iTunes prefers 3000×3000 pixels.
Finally, fill in the Owner Name and Owner Email Address fields, and add any copyrights. Then mark whether or not your podcast is explicit. Remember that if your podcast is not marked explicit and gets reported to iTunes, it could be removed. Once you’re finished, save your settings and look at your RSS feed. You should see your title, cover image, and other information, along with any episodes that you’ve already added.
Takeaways From this Episode:
- Begin by setting up your API key
- Use the options under the Podcast Import tab to import existing episodes
- Once your WordPress is connected to Castos, you’ll be able to publish podcast episodes directly from your WordPress site
- Decide what types of posts you want to include in your podcast RSS feed, and where to display them.
- Remember that SEO is important in podcasting: include keywords in the fields under the Feed Details tab
- You have the opportunity to choose three categories and three sub-categories for your podcast. Take advantage of this to reach a wide audience
- If your podcast is explicit, don’t forget to mark it as explicit